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With its rugged volcanically-active terrain, few countries showcase the activity of Mother Nature better than Iceland. Plan your Iceland holiday with us and we'll introduce you to its spiritual traditions and resilient culture. We could easily go into paroxysms of delight to describe Iceland;instead, we'll allow the rather plaintive words of the Icelandic poet Jónas Hallgrímson to do it for us. He wrote in 1835: 'Charming and fair is the land, snow white the peaks of the glaciers. Cloudless and blue is the sky, the ocean shining resplendently bright.' It's a fitting description. The world's interest in Iceland was piqued in 2010 with the will-it-won't- it eruption of Eyjafjallajökull and since then it has become one of our most popular short break destinations;just a three hour flight from the UK, the clean air and breath-taking vistas of Iceland are perfect for a long weekend escape. A final relic from the world's last ice age, its shatteringly beautiful, barren and brutal lunar landscape is truly awe-inspiring. From the capital, Reykjavík, you can drive in any direction and try ice-climbing, quad-biking or hike one of the many trails through this incredible landscape. After all that adventure you can luxuriate in one of its many geothermal pools and you may even be fortunate to capture the natural phenomenon of the Northern Lights. Don't overlook Reykjavik itself, either: taking inspiration from New York, London and Scandinavia, Iceland's capital is cool in both design and temperature.
Iceland Holidays and Northern Light Tours with A&K
Iceland delivers a major hit of the surreal and the beautiful. Returning travellers' tales suggest that, for a few wonderful days, normal life is suspended. They recall sitting in hot tubs under the stellar theatrics of the northern lights; a helicopter landing on the lava field next to their lodge - 'we were expecting a helipad, but no, not in Iceland' - and driving onto vast Langjokull Glacier where the feeling of space was 'extraordinary and immense'.
An Icelandic holiday and Northern Lights tour with Abercrombie & Kent could see your already seductive itinerary receiving some spontaneous editing from our super-attentive guides. Guest's letters and emails tell of surprise visits to a fascinating geothermal tomato farm for the freshest soup they've ever tasted; of joining a queue outside ice cream shops in minus 5 degress temperatures (trust us, it's worth it) and descending into cathedral-like Thrihnukagigur Volcano, while contemplating the fact that fewer people have entered its cone than have been into space.
See, we told you it's surreal.
Of course it helps to have brilliantly connected guides, with at least a decade of experience. They're part of our multi-centre European team that has provided seamless luxury travel across the continent for 25 years in the best vehicles around. In Iceland that includes super jeeps, yachts and helicopters for flying above the mesmerising, otherworldly landscape of The Highlands.
For a contrast, explore small but surprisingly lively Reykjavik, with its Blue Lagoon geothermal spa surrounded by lava fields. You can make the short hop to Snaefellsnes Peninsula, dubbed 'Iceland in Miniature' for its many sights, whose volcano was the setting for Jules Verne's Journey To The Centre of the Earth.
And then there's the Golden Circle: UNESCO-listed Thinvuellir, the only place on earth where you can see the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates drifting apart; Strokkur geyser, spurting 90-feet into the air, and thunderous Gullfoss, one of 10,000 waterfalls on the island.
And we're only just starting. An exclusive Iceland Holiday and Northern Light tour with A&K reveals how Iceland is now a brilliant stage for holiday adventures from dog sledding and hikes, snowmobiling and super jeep (local large-tired 4WDs) drives onto glaciers, to scuba diving in Silfrah Lake, slap bang on the tectonic plate fault line. It's simply incredible, and with A&K, it's all possible.
Best time to be there
June to September is a great time to enjoy a mild ocean climate thanks to the Gulf Stream. It is relatively mild in winter and cool in summer but this is when you can enjoy almost 24 hours of daylight. The weather can change several times during the day. In midwinter, whilst there is little daylight, it is one of the best times to see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).
Keflavik, approximately 30 minutes from Reykjavik
3 hours non-stop
Not required for UK passport holders
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I just wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you (Ailine Fischer) for the amazing experience in Iceland. This trip was an absolute dream. Everything about it was magical and words truly fall short. The guides, both Jon from A&K and all of the Land Rover crew were knowledgeable, friendly, and professional.
- JB, USA